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January Term

January Term, or J-Term, is designed to provide maximum opportunity for intense learning either on or off campus. Our on-campus program focuses on enriching the mind/body connection, and our 3-week Study Abroad programs provide a rich cultural and academic experience that focuses on the importance of global citizenry. The Landmark College Works Employment Readiness Experience Course combines class time and work experience for students interested in learning more about the world of work. Students interested in applying for the Landmark College Works Employment Readiness Experience can find materials here.


On-Campus J-Term

New and returning students enrolled in J-Term have options to earn credits, enhance academic skills, and engage in physical activities. Students can:

  • Earn as many as 4 credits during J-Term
  • Enjoy an intensive and focused learning experience
  • Shorten the length of time needed to complete their degree requirements

Classes begin January 6 and end January 23, 2020. Academic classes meet on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays from 9 – 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 – 4 p.m.

On-Campus Resources

Students have access to campus resources during J-Term, including health services, counseling, the Drake Center for Academic Support (DCAS), and the Library. While students enrolled in J-Term are not assigned a designated advisor, the DCAS is staffed by personnel who have filled the advising role during traditional semesters. The academic intervention team is also in place to support students experiencing academic difficulties due to attendance, work completion, or other academics-related concerns. The residential staff offers programming in the evenings that supports the wellness initiatives embedded in the J-Term experience. Professors include experiential opportunities as part of their classes. Student Affairs, Academic Affairs, and Residential Life work closely together to provide a robust experience for students both inside and outside the classroom.

Course Registration Process

Course registration opens on November 1 for on-campus courses. Later in November, course enrollment is reviewed. If a course is under-enrolled, it is canceled. Students should include second choices on their registration forms. Please refer to the Study Abroad page for the Study Abroad course registration process. Students may add a course until the end of the Add period, January 6, provided they have housing reserved on campus. Students must be enrolled in an on-campus, 3-credit J-Term course in order to be on campus. J-Term tuition is non-refundable, so it is particularly important that students make use of the Add period to make course changes.

Students who are interested or who have questions should contact their advisor or contact Lynne Shea, Dean of Liberal Studies and the Arts at For more information about Study Abroad programs, contact Jessica Lindoerfer at

Enrolling as a new student this January?

You may be eligible to fast track your semester with our January JumpStart option. JumpStart is a 3-week mini-session that runs from January 5 to 23, 2020, just before the start of the Spring Semester.

Students enroll in one of the following three-credit academic classes during J-Term:

  • ANT2021 Anthropology of Food
  • COM1011 Introduction to Communications (Jumpstart)
  • CRW1011 Creative Writing
  • ECO3011 Winter Ecology
  • HIS3071 Special Topics: Personal History
  • PNT2011 Painting I
  • PNT3011 Painting II


ANT2021 Anthropology of Food
Food is utterly essential (and often insufficiently available) to all human cultures, making the topic particularly rich for anthropological study. This special topics course will explore a variety of issues, including cultural food habits and taboos, gender and food consumption, food and identity, and the cultural economy of food. In addition to reading classic food ethnographies and watching films, students may conduct field work at local restaurants, farms, food banks and markets. Credits: 3

COM1011 Introduction to Communications (Jumpstart)
This survey course introduces students to the field of communication and enables them to increase their effectiveness and precision as public speakers and members of seminars and groups. Students explore how their perceptions influence the manner in which they communicate and how to use a wide variety of listening skills. They become aware of how verbal and nonverbal language can alter, detract from or enhance messages. Students also employ a variety of language strategies that promote inclusion, honesty, conflict resolution and support from within a group. Credits: 3

CRW1011 Creative Writing
Students in this course begin to develop their skills in generating creative writing. Emphasis in the class is placed on genre experimentation, generating strategies, revision strategies, and readings in all genres which could include fiction, poetry, drama, creative nonfiction, and children’s literature. Emphasis on the elements of fiction and poetry prepares students for more advanced creative writing classes. Credits: 3

ECO3011 Winter Ecology
This course is an in-depth investigation into the physical and biological processes of high elevation/high latitude ecosystems during the winter months. Students will investigate the ecology and dynamics of aquatic, woodland, bog, forest, and alpine landscapes through fieldwork, readings and in-class discussions. The primary assessments for this course will include a group project report and presentation on a topic related to winter ecology, exams, written reviews on scientific journal articles covering various topics related to winter ecology, and laboratory activities. Course readings will include textbook and journal readings. In keeping with the nature of the field course, students must come prepared to be outdoors. All students must be physically and mentally prepared to hike and/or snowshoe regardless of weather conditions. Students must have completed three courses at the 2000 level as a prerequisite for this course. Credits: 3

HIS3071 Special Topics: Personal History
In this course, students will use genealogical study as a portal into understanding their place in history. Students will learn an online genealogy research program to construct a family tree, then investigate the historical background of their own lives and the lives of family members. A final research project will focus on providing historical context for a pivotal moment in the family history, or for a particular ancestor. Beyond the specific projects related to personal and family history, students should emerge from this course with enhanced skills in research and source-based writing. Students must have completed three courses at the 2000 level, one of which must be in the History, Humanities, Philosophy or Religion disciplines, with grades of C or higher, as prerequisites for this course. Credits: 3

PNT2011 Painting I
This course presents an introduction to the fundamental principles and techniques of painting. Through a variety of experiential projects, students gain a practical understanding of the use of painting tools, color mixing and theory, as well as critical discourse. Students explore a range of subjects and visual strategies, including still life, landscape, and the figure, as well as abstract and conceptual problems to strengthen each student’s formal and personal development. Projects are contextualized and linked through the integrated study of art historical movements and contemporary artists engaging in the dialog of painting. Emphasis will be on the development of core skills in the discipline, exploration of materials and methods, knowledge of contemporary and historical precedents, presentation of work, and critique. Credits: 3 Lab Fee $35.00

PNT3011 Painting II
Painting II expands and builds upon the principles and techniques introduced in Painting I (PNT2011), with a heightened emphasis on a critical understanding of painting as a conceptual practice and the further development of technical core skills. In this advanced painting course students will produce a painting portfolio exploring a variety of visual strategies, media, methods, and subjects. Students will gain feedback on their work through individual and group critiques. Students will complete and present a PowerPoint, Final Project researching historical and contemporary painting models and practitioners. Students must have completed three courses at the 2000 level, with grades of C or higher, as prerequisites for this course. Credits: 3 Lab Fee $35.00

Prerequisites DRW1011/Lecture {min credit = 3.00} and PNT2011/Lecture {min credit = 3.00}

Student can also enroll in a variety of Physical Education classes.

  • PHE1166 Ski and Snowboard
  • PHE1181 Walking for Health

PHE1166 Ski and Snowboard
This one-credit course is designed exclusively for students enrolled in the January Term who are interested in improving their skiing or snowboarding/pipe skills. There is an additional cost for one day of skiing or snowboarding, including lessons for those wishing to sharpen their skills on the slopes. Course may not be repeated.

PHE1181 Walking for Health
This course is designed for students who are interested in beginning a low-impact exercise regimen of walking on varied terrain using optimal striding and breathing techniques. Course may not be repeated.

The cost for J-Term varies by student status.

Returning Landmark College Students (January 5 – 23, 2020)

Tuition $5,000
Room (3 weeks) 670
Board (3 weeks)       600
Total (Without skiing) $6,270
Optional PE classes $275

Employment Readiness Experience (January 5 – 23, 2020)

Tuition (1 credit) $1,600
Room (3 weeks) 670
Board (3 weeks)       600
Total (Without skiing) $2,870

Mount Snow Ski/Snowboard program (PHE1166) fee schedule (per day)

Prices per day (Mount Snow):

Lift ticket $51
Rental $37
Lesson $42
Helmet $10

Study Abroad (January 4 – 24, 2020)

Click here for information about J-Term study abroad trips and fees.

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